THE SEMA SHOW CHANGES EVERYTHING!
Andrew Corbin of Jamesville, NY has been a Pontiac fan all his life. He bought this 1968 GTO in 2016 about 45 minutes north of Detroit. It was in good condition, and he was going to do a mild restoration on it. However, a trip to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas changed everything!
He came away with two very important points to consider about building a custom car. Find the right car (which he already had) and find the right builder. For Andrew that was Ben Gregory at Rolling Chassis Company in Bernhards Bay, NY. The GTO went thru a complete transformation at Ben’s shop with some help from Chris Alston Chassis Works. Together they designed the custom chassis for the Goat to ride on that was a year long process.
From there they dropped in a Blueprint 427 LS putting out about 625 HP and backed it up with a Tremec 5-speed and a custom fabbed Ford 9” rear. Wilwood disc brakes reside on all four corners behind the massive 325/30/19 and 345/30/20 tires on Foose Wheels.
While taking their time to decided on color, they added 3 inches to the rocker panels to cover the custom chassis. They also massaged the front fascia with a custom valance and headlight grilles. The hood scoops were extended, the door handles shaved and rear spoiler and bumper custom fabricated. The also removed the side mirrors and antenna.
The finish is a custom mix of Martin Senour Roma Red Pearl and House of Kolor F20 Red Flake for a gorgeous compliment to the convertible top and matte window trim. Andrew says the 3 pieces of window trim and the vent windows the only pieces that remain intact from the original car!
To further streamline the look the gas tank was tucked up into the trunk area and the custom 3” NASCAR style side exhaust runs thru the frame and out the rocker panel, so nothing hangs down below the body line.
Over the six years it took to build the car, Andrew says his eyes were opened to all the possibilities. “I really enjoyed the process and tried not to focus on the end result.” However, the end result is stunning!